ID of fire victim to be released after autopsy

Viewer submitted photo shows firefighters working the scene of a house fire on Prophets Drive in West Lafayette early Sunday morning. (Report!t Photo/Kyle Woods)
Viewer submitted photo shows firefighters working the scene of a house fire on Prophets Drive in West Lafayette early Sunday morning. (Report!t Photo/Kyle Woods)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office said the identity of the victim in a weekend fire will not be released until later this week.

Sheriff Tracy Brown said they are waiting for an autopsy, which is scheduled for Tuesday, before the identity of the victim will be released.

The fire occurred just before 2 a.m. Sunday, at a home in the 100-block of Prophet Drive in West Lafayette. Officers report when crews arrived they saw the front part of the home engulfed in flames.

Wabash Township Volunteer Fire Department public information officer Kevin McCombs said when firefighters found the victim inside the home, they attempted to resuscitate her.

“They were able to get a quick knock down to get inside and retrieve the victim,” said McCombs. “They were still on scene for quite an extended period of time, due to there being a victim inside and the fire was still flaring up.”

The woman was taken to IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette. The victim later died as a result of her injuries sustained in the fire.

Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Det. Matt Couch said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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